2021
March 1, 2021

What are the most annoying workplace habits?

Let’s face it. The workplace can be full of annoying things. Annoying tasks, annoying coworkers, and annoying rules. Yet, the phenomenon of annoyance isn’t something unique to the workplace. Indeed, no matter where more than one person congregates, annoyance will inevitable creep in. It simply comes with the territory. With that understanding, though, let’s focus...
2020
November 3, 2020

What does business philanthropy mean?

What does business philanthropy mean? Well, in a nutshell, it means the charitable giving done by a business. Usually, though, this phenomenon is referred to as “corporate giving.” This might include a one-time cash donation to a cause, or it could be a commitment the company makes for the long-term to assist a charitable cause....
July 16, 2020

Telecommuting is more productive

With so much of the world still in retreat-mode from the pandemic, millions of people are working from home. What began as a temporary, bridge solution until the world returned to “normal” conditions, has steadily become woven into long-term strategy discussions for businesses everywhere. Why? Well, it seems the recent work-from-home movement has translated into...
March 31, 2020

Increase Operational Throughput by Cross-training Employees

Every business deals with throughput. Whether they choose to call it that is another story.  Throughput is defined as “the amount of material or items passing through a system or process.”  For restaurants, that would be the number of customers served per hour.  For car manufacturers, it might be number of cars produced per day. ...
2017
December 17, 2017

Public Outreach Is Needed to Gain Support for the Nuclear Power Industry

The nuclear power industry has been a tremendous asset to the world for decades. Yet, when the word “nuclear” is spoken, bombs are what first come to many peoples’ minds. World governments and the industry as a whole could do well by rebranding President Eisenhower’s 1953 United Nations “Atoms for Peace” speech. Eisenhower spelled out...
December 17, 2017

key factors to make shipbuilding more efficient

Factor 1: Using 3D CAD and drawing review  3D CAD design can take away lots of obstructions in the production phase: “In my experience 3-D modeling led to vast improvements in production efficiency.” A detailed drawing review with all external stakeholders (ship owner, but also classification and regulation authorities) can also prevent lots of rework....
September 5, 2017

DISRUPTING AVIATION WITH BLOCKCHAIN

Blockchain is one of the most talked-about and intriguing technologies today. Although first described in 1991, it got its first real implementation and public attention in 2009 as the technology behind Bitcoin. Blockchain or distributed ledgers, in general, have the potential to truly disrupt business. Blockchain can be very complex, but at its heart the...
September 5, 2017

Robots in the Oil and Gas Industry

Robotic technology is an increasingly pervasive force, to say the least. A report by International Data Corporation said the worldwide robotics market will be worth $135.4 billion in 2019. In nearly every industry, robots are improving productivity and reducing operating costs. The oil and gas industry is no different. Despite their size and potential investment...
February 20, 2017

Automation can leave us complacent, and that can have dangerous consequences

The recent fatal accident involving a Tesla car while self-driving using the car’s Autopilot feature has raised questions about whether this technology is ready for consumer use. But more importantly, it highlights the need to reconsider the relationship between human behaviour and technology. Self-driving cars change the way we drive, and we need scrutinise the...
February 20, 2017

7 Technologies That Can Change The Future of Shipbuilding

Advancement in technology is key to the development of any industry. The shipbuilding industry is no exception. In fact, shipbuilding is changing at a rapid rate taking advantage of highly advanced technologies which aim to solve the issues such as environmental pollution, rising fuel costs etc. Riding high on R&D activities, the shipping industry has...
February 20, 2017

Trigger business innovation using advanced systems

Innovative products and services drive growth, therefore, nurturing a company culture that enables and encourages business innovation is a direct investment into future revenues. It is also a significant recruitment and retention tool as (according to a Deloitte survey) 78% of Millennials are strongly influenced by a company’s innovation credentials when considering whether to accept a...
February 20, 2017

Silicon Review names IFS among 50 best companies to watch in 2016

The Silicon Review recognized IFS’s strengths, such as its global presence, advanced technology, customer success and its many accolades. The recognition as a “company to watch” supports IFS’s continued commitment to customers and innovation in the enterprise software market. Many of these strengths are valued when companies are selecting a new enterprise software solution. So...
2016
February 18, 2016

January 2016 Is Best Growth Month Ever for Melaleuca

Melaleuca, which has been manufacturing consumable goods in the U.S. since 1985, had its best growth month on record in January. More than 130,000 customers joined up with Melaleuca last month alone. Company CEO Frank VanderSloot shared his company’s news on Twitter: Over 130,000 new customers in January! Best growth month in our 30 year...
February 17, 2016

US Manufacturing Steps Up in January

According to a story published by Bloomberg, the output of manufacturing in America increased in January by the most since last July. The boost indicates a stabilizing manufacturing industry to kick off the new year. Factories saw an advance of 0.5 percent in January, after a 0.2 percent drop-off in December. Factories account for three-quarters...
January 12, 2016

New Products for the New Year

A new year is upon us, and with it come new innovations and products. Here’s a look at some of the more intriguing new offerings for 2016: • Smart gadgets for a connected home are popping up all over the place, and within this exploding market is the Delta Leak Detector. Basically, it’s a smart...
2015
September 9, 2015

What is Just-in-Time Manufacturing?

In the 1960s and 1970s, companies in Japan, most notably Toyota, began toying with a new manufacturing technique—and a new philosophy on managing things—called just-in-time manufacturing, or JIT. The idea behind JIT, sometimes referred to as lean manufacturing, is that you produce and have only what you need, instead of stocking up on bulk inventory....
September 8, 2015

Verizon to Take First Real Crack at 5G

Verizon, America’s biggest wireless provider, is gearing up for a boost in its wireless network. Field trials on 5G, or 5th-generation technology, are set for the upcoming year. The result could be insanely fast wireless—sooner rather than later—for millions of customers. The industry consensus is that 5G technology will be available to consumers by 2020....
July 24, 2015

Looking Ahead in the World of Manufacturing Technology

A report published earlier this year by Plex Systems provides some interesting insights into the world of manufacturing technology and where the industry is headed. Among the findings: • Of the manufacturers interviewed in the study, 4 out of 10 see a direct link between cloud technologies and how they will be able to innovate...
June 2, 2015

Contributions invited for UK strategy for additive manufacturing

Work is underway to establish a UK national strategy for additive manufacturing by early 2016, to maximise UK business growth and long-term economic value through the successful industrialisation of the technology. Professors from the University of Nottingham and from the University of Cambridge are co-ordinating the initial baseline evidence gathering process. Understanding your views, opportunities...
June 2, 2015

African company approaches for plastics welding training

A West African employment agency turned us for plastics welding training to expand its capability after investing in new equipment. Senior plastics welding trainer  travelled to the premises of C2K Staffing in the Senegalese city of Thiès, where he provided training to six technicians to enable them to use welding machines the company had just...